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Training and Professional Development for Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs)

Training and Professional Development Events for PGRs, Academic Year 2021-22 

NEXT EVENT - GPS WEBINAR: GPS Webinar - 'Getting Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals'

WHEN: Friday, April 22nd, 12pm-1pm


HOW TO ATTEND: Click here to join the webinar

The list of GPS Weekly Webinars running each Friday at 12pm from January 2022 to July 2022 can be found at: GPS Webinar Series for PGRs, Spring Semester, 2021-22

Thesis in Three Competition 2022 

 The 2022 Thesis-in-Three Competition was launched on February 21st 2022. 

  • Overall Final will take place on Thursday, April 28th as part of UL Research Week 2022. 

Picture This! Competition for PGRs

Communicating research is one of the most essential and challenging skills for PhD researchers.

‘Picture This!'is a competition which challenges postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to communicate their research via a snapshot or image that gives a visual perspective on their research with a caption of up to 280 characters attached.

All eligible entries are posted on UL’s social media channels  –  Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter – and can be voted on by the public in from April 13th to April 21st. To place a vote, simply hit the “Like” button on your favourite photo.

The competition, which will culminate during UL Research Week (25th-29th April). 

See the 2022 entries here

  • Winners will be announced at the Thesis-in-Three Final on April 28th, 2022. 

 GPS Summer School in Generic & Transferable Skills 

  • The GPS Summer School in Generic & Transferable Skills Residential Week takes place in late May each yearThe online element of the Summer School is then completed before the end of August each calendar year. 

GPS YouTube Channel

  • The Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) YouTube channel features the GPS Research Podcast Series where UL PGRs discuss their researchrecordings of GPS Webinars and much more!  

Guidelines for Postgraduate Researchers using Thesis TURNITIN Checker

  • Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) who wish to run a similarity report on a piece of your work may use the ‘Thesis TURNITIN checker’ on SULIS for this purpose. The Thesis TURNITIN checker facility is to enable you to identify similarities between your work and published material already in the public domain. These Guidelines will help to ensure your compliance with the academic and research integrity policies of the university. 

Research Integrity 

  • UL offers online Research Integrity Training through the Epigeum training portal. All research students should undertake Research Integrity Training. 
  • Click on the link below to find out how to access the programme, along with guidelines around usage, content, and data protection. 

Library Resources-Thesis Preparation 

As a currently registered postgraduate research (PGR) student or prospective applicant, you can familiarise yourself with some library resources and supports to identify some of the critical skills you will need to carry out the research required for your thesis. e.g. information/source appraisal and academic referencing.   

Transferable Skills workshops 

Throughout the academic year, GPS coordinates transferable skills workshops for postgraduate research students as required. Workshops taking place during the academic year 2021/22 include:

  • Questionnaire Design
  • Survey & Sampling
  • Introduction to SPSS
  • Basic Statistics
  • Exploring Relationships & Regression Theories
  • Working with Long Documents
  • Endnote
  • Advanced PowerPoint
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Presentation Skills
  • Careers Briefing
  • Project Management for Researchers
  • Interview Skills
  • Planning your Academic Career
  • Effective Communication
  • CV Preparation
  • Perfect Pitch
  • Thesis Writing
  • The Resilient Researcher 
  • Personal Branding: Your Unique Edge as a Researcher 

For further information on the above workshops please contact Anne O'Dwyer, Research Training Coordinator, GPS, at 061 202672 or email

PhD Writers Group (Regional Writing Centre) 

The UL Regional Writing Centre (RWC) supports PhD Writers’ Groups by offering PhD writers a quiet, distraction-free space for writing  and by sharing knowledge of how writers’ groups can be motivating and productive. The RWC also offers PGRs various workshops and training events throughout the academic year. More information about these events can be found at the RWC website